05/16/2011 12:04PM

Preakness: Midnight Interlude drills three furlongs

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Barbara D. Livingston
Midnight Interlude will be ridden by Martin Garcia in the Preakness.

Midnight Interlude, who finished 16th in the Kentucky Derby after capturing the Santa Anita Derby, tuned up for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico with a three-furlong drill in 35.60 seconds on Monday morning at Churchill Downs.

“He went very nice, with a lot of energy,” said his trainer, Bob Baffert, who was at Churchill Downs for the work. “It was probably his best work over the track since we got here.”

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Victor Espinoza rode Midnight Interlude in the Derby, but Martin Garcia will be aboard for the Preakness, reuniting the jockey-trainer combo that captured last year’s Preakness with Lookin At Lucky.

Midnight Interlude is scheduled to fly to Baltimore on Wednesday.